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We are going to do our best to provide you with all the details you need to make a successful digital switch.

What is a domain name?

In a few words, it is your digital business card.

It includes a name (netim) and an extension (.com or .blog for example). This combo is what companies such as Netim sell to end consumers. You can then use it as you wish: by creating a website or a personalised email address, for example.

A domain name is registered for a certain period of time. You could compare it to a lease: you have to renew your commitment regularly in order to keep all the services linked to it running.

In many cases, your domain name will be the first thing your correspondents see.

You might as well make a good impression 😉

Are you a craftsman? As Christophe FLERS, adviser and digital referent of the french network of chambers of trades and crafts, explains: “Craftsmen, think about professional emails for your business!

If you are a professional and you think you don’t need a website, even a simple one? We advise you to read “Why is betting your company’s online presence only on social networks a strategic mistake?

If you want to know more about the different actors involved in the domain name registration process, we advise you to read our article: “Domains’ institutions hierarchy: Registry, Registrar and Registrant.

How to choose a domain name?

Choosing a domain name correctly is first of all about making sure you have the opportunity to do so!

And to avoid getting stuck, you need to have taken this parameter into account from the start. So, we advise you to think about it before starting your project. What will the name be? Is it available for registration? How will you manage to find a domain name that will be representative, striking and above all memorable for the greatest number of people?

The more impactful your domain name is, the easier it will be for you to be identified, to acquire traffic and finally, to make your project successful.

There are more than 1,100 extensions, and in addition to extensions linked to a country (for example .fr for France, .ch for Switzerland or .uk for the United Kingdom), there are generic extensions known as “descriptive” extensions such as .restaurant, .boutique, .shop, .paris, .marketing, .taxi, .immo etc.

To help you make up your mind, we have written a blog post called ” Our 15 professional tips – How to choose your domain name well?

Register or transfer your domain name

You have found the perfect domain 🎉

All you have to do now is follow our step-by-step guide to register your domain name.

Do you already own a domain via another provider and want to entrust us with its management? Nothing could be easier with our guide to transferring your domain name.

Need a website?

Having found your domain name is good! But to make it work, you will need to add hosting. Use our comparative table to find the offer that best suits your needs!

Is it complicated? Don’t panic, we’ll explain everything 😊

Imagine that you want to associate a website with your domain name. In order to store your content, files and technical information that make up your site, you will need a storage space connected to the internet. This storage space is your hosting.

If you are not a website designer, please be aware that our hosting packages include a CMS (Content Management System) solution. These solutions, such as WordPress or PrestaShop for example, allow you to create pages and insert your content without having to code them. Everything is easily accessible from a control panel. Check out our related blog post on 5 tools to help you create a website and visuals.

Need an email address?

By following our guide, you will quickly create an email address using your domain name.

With Netim, you can choose between different types of hosting depending on your needs. We took the example of creating a website a little earlier, but hosting also allows you to set up scalable email solutions.

Focus on security!

Securing your digital presence is a must nowadays. Indeed, you could be penalised by search engines, but also lose the trust of some Internet users without an adequate solution. This is why all our hosting packages include a Let’s Encrypt certificate, and why we also offer a range of SSL certificates.

To find out more, please visit our dedicated page: What is an SSL certificate and how to choose it?

To go further

You have registered your domain name, created an email address and set up your website.

If your online presence is important for your business, we advise you to secure the extensions that have economic interest for you (present or future).

If your domain name can be written with accented characters or if you are targeting a market with a non-Latin alphabet, you can also look into IDN (Internationalised Domain Names).

Then simply set up 301 type URL redirects to your main site.